Partner, Cresten Properties Matt Paulson is an entrepreneur, an author and a private equity investor. He started his business, MarketBeat, in 2006 as a sophomore in college. Over the last fifteen years, he has grown MarketBeat into an Inc. 5000 financial media company that boasts more than 1.5 million subscribers and $10 million in annual revenue. MarketBeat produces world-class stock research tools and portfolio monitoring software that empower individual investors to make better trading decisions and stay ahead of the market.
In 2016, Matt brought together 31 investors to launch Falls Angel Fund, Sioux Falls’ first new angel investment fund in a decade. Since then, he has raised/invested more than $5 million in seed-stage venture capital to invest in scalable companies located in South Dakota and surrounding states. He has invested in more than 60 small businesses and startups, including Buffer, Cafe X, Dollar Shave Club, Lyft, Robinhood, Ripple, and Wikia. Matt also has significant real estate holdings, owning minority interests in more than a dozen hotels and apartment complexes across the Midwest.
Matt is an advocate for community growth and small business development. In 2019, he founded Startup Sioux Falls, a community organization that aims to connect founders with each other and with the startup ecosystem. He works with numerous non-profits to achieve their missions including 1 Million Cups, the Empower Campus, Faith Baptist Fellowship, Sioux Falls Seminary, and the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship.